German manned rocketplane. Flown 1938. Early German rocketplane.
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Dornberger, Walter, Peenemuende, Moewig, Berlin 1985..
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Nation: Germany. Related Persons: Dornberger. Spacecraft: He-176; He-122; Me-163. The first rocket fighter, the He-176, powered by a Walther engine, was tested at Peenemuende. In competition, Dornberger's team developed a 120-second duration engine to power the He-122. However loss of control in unpowered flights of the latter resulted in it crashing and being eliminated from further consideration. Dornberger's team left further rocket fighter engine development to Walther, and concentrated on the A4 and follow-on ballistic missiles.
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